Deluca inducted into realtors hall of fame

Photo Provided During East Central Association of Realtors Hall of Fame induction at the Tool Shed Event Center in Dover on Wednesday. pictured from left Scott Williams, Ohio Realtors executive officer, Ashley Cunningham, Anne Pettit, Ohio Superintendent of Real Estate, Hall of Fame inductee Rick DeLuca, Amelia Taggart, Jay Petrella.

DOVER — Local real estate broker, Rick DeLuca of DeLuca Realty was recently inducted into the second class of the East Central Association of Realtors Hall of Fame at the Brietenbach Winery Tool Shed Event Center .

A Realtor for 25 years and broker since 2001, DeLuca was one of three inducted into the Hall of Fame along with two long time Realtors from Tuscarawas County. The Hall got its last year with six inductees from throughout the ECAR board area.

DeLuca started in 1995 and opened his office in Steubenville in 2001. The company moved to Canton Road in Wintersville in 2009 and remains in business there today. In addition, to running his office, he is also an adjunct instructor of Real Estate at Eastern Gateway Community College.

During his career in real estate, he has been selected as Realtor of the Year five times (2004, 2009, 2013, 2017, 2019). He has served as president of the Steubenville Area Board of Realtors twice in 2004 and 2009 and as president of ECAR in 2017. He also served as the Tri-State MLS president from 2014-2016.

At the state level, DeLuca has served as the longest consecutive running District Vice President of Ohio Realtors, serving seven terms and will finish next year after 14 straight years. He has chaired four major committees at the state level, RPAC Trustees, Communications, Strategic Planning and currently on Legal Issues. He has also served on the Ohio Realtors Executive Committee for 14 years.

In addition, he has served on the board of directors of the CRIS MLS for three years and was recently to the board of directors of the YES-MLS, a 13,000-member multiple listing service that covers most of the eastern half of Ohio.

At the national level, he served three years on the Conventional Financing Committee.

DeLuca is also very active in the OVAC as director of the OVAC Boys and Girls Basketball Championship and the OVAC Volleyball Championships as well as serving on the Board Commissioner. In 2010, he was inducted into the OVAC’s Hall of Fame. He is currently in his 51st year as a sportswriter for the Times Leader. He just recently published his second book, “The Inspired Writings of R”. His first book, “Hitting for the Cycle in Rea Estate” combined his experiences in baseball and real estate.